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  • Families of those killed in marathon bombing mark day with prayer

    BOSTON -- The families of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing explosions began a day filled with poignant remembrances and emotional testimonies with prayer and a simple wreath laying ceremony at the two sites where their loved ones lost their lives and scores were injured one year ago, on April 15, 2013.

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  • Catholics to run Boston Marathon in memory of boy slain at last year's race

    BOSTON -- "No more hurting people. Peace," read the poster held by Martin Richard, the youngest life lost on Marathon Monday last year. The image of the smiling eight year-old boy accompanied by his message against violence stood in stark contrast to the twin explosions that killed 3 and injured an estimated 264 others on April 15, 2013.

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  • Chrism Mass is priests' 'annual oil change and tune-up,' cardinal says

    SOUTH END ? The priests of the Archdiocese of Boston joined Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the annual Chrism Mass, April 15. The Chrism Mass serves as a symbol of unity in dioceses throughout the Catholic world as the local bishop, during Holy Week each year, blesses the sacred oils used to administer sacraments for the coming year ? the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and the sacred chrism.

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  • Priests honor three of their peers at Chrism Mass Luncheon

    SOUTH END -- Priests gathered at Cathedral High School, April 15, to honor three of their own in a celebration of fraternity after the Chrism Mass. Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley and Father Robert M. Blaney, director of the Clergy Personnel Office, honored Father Brian M. Clary, Father Peter P. Nolan, CSSp, and Father Brian J. McHugh for their service in the priesthood.

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  • Kraft honored by Inner-City Scholarship Fund

    BOSTON -- Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley, Peter Lynch, chairman emeritus of the Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Trustees and Joseph (Jay) Hooley, ICSF Dinner Chairman, presented Robert Kraft with the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Award at the 24th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Dinner Celebration on April 3 at the Copley Marriott. Kraft was honored with the award in recognition of his commitment and support of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.

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  • Boston Unit of LCWR takes part in human trafficking awareness campaign

    BRIGHTON -- The Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Anti-Trafficking Coalition hosted a Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) outreach campaign led by its founder, Theresa Flores, April 12. This SOAP outreach was a hands-on, action orientated initiative aimed to broaden awareness of hotel managers and owners of the reality of human trafficking in the Boston area.

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  • RCIA -- Stepping into Christ's new life

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the normal way in which adults (anyone over the age of seven) become full, active, participating members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is not just a "convert class" with a new look and fancy name. Adults involved in RCIA may be dismissed each week after the homily to go and reflect on the scriptures they have heard. RCIA involves the whole community -- in prayer; in hospitality; and in ministries such as sponsor or godparent; or team member.

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  • Welcome, Boston's new Catholics

    Welcome to all those new members of the archdiocesan family who received any or all of the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first Eucharist this Easter. Our list is provided by the Office for Divine Worship.

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  • Fallen Boston firefighters laid to rest

    BOSTON -- For two consecutive days firefighters gathered from all around the world stood at attention to honor two of their fallen who died the week before fighting a nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay.

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  • Father Mark Sheehan, pastor in Bedford retires

    Father Mark S. Sheehan, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Bedford since Aug. 26, 1986 has been granted senior priest retirement status. The effective date was April 7, 2014. Father Sheehan was born in Brockton on Oct. 13, 1937. He studied at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. Bishop Jeremiah Minihan ordained him to the priesthood at St. Colman Church, Brockton on Feb. 2, 1963.

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  • CYO basketball NE Championship results

    PROVIDENCE -- On the weekend of March 29-30, the New England CYO Basketball Tournament was held in Rhode Island, hosted by the Diocese of Providence. Both Catholic grammar schools and parish teams representing many dioceses from throughout New England competed for the New England CYO Basketball Championships.

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  • Catholic organization sponsors Way of Cross through Boston

    The Massachusetts branch of the Catholic international organization, Communion and Liberation, is sponsoring a two-mile Way of the Cross procession through the city of Boston April 18, to recall the passion and death of Jesus Christ remembered on Good Friday.

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  • From Cardinal SeŠn's blog

    Last Thursday (3/27) I went to Worcester to attend their Adopt-a-Student Recognition Dinner. This year, they were marking the 25th anniversary of the program and I was asked to give the keynote address. It is their largest event to date. There was a special recognition for Bishop George Rueger, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Worcester, for his great support of Catholic education and they established an annual scholarship in his name.

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  • Vigil remembers fallen firefighters

    WEST ROXBURY -- Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury held a vigil of remembrance, March 28, for the two firefighters killed in the line of duty last week. Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, died after being trapped in the basement of a four-story building, March 26, when a nine-alarm fire driven by heavy wind ripped through a Beacon Street brownstone building in Boston's Back Bay.

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  • Catholic Family Festival to be held April 26

    BOSTON -- The same weekend that Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized, the theme "Family: Forming Saints for Today" will be celebrated at the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Family Festival and Conference with Mass, music, exhibits, food and cultural experiences.

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  • Interview with team member of the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative

    Holly Clark, pastoral associate, director of ministries, and member of the executive team at the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative, loves being a pioneer. That's how she describes life these past 10 months. Parishioners and staff in the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative are pioneers in a new way of parish life. The CCC is a Phase I collaborative that covers three towns and three Catholic communities: Lakeville (Sts. Martha and Mary), Middleborough (Sacred Heart), and Rochester (St. Rose of Lima). Inaugurated June 4, 2013, the goal of the collaborative is to be a vibrant, strong, stable, center of evangelization. This is life-giving work, but it is also hard work. Being pioneers is enormously rewarding, even with unexpected ups and downs.

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  • From Cardinal SeŠn's blog

    This week all of Boston is mourning the loss of firefighters Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who were tragically killed fighting a fire in Boston's Back Bay. Yesterday (3/27), I visited the firehouse these men were stationed at and had a chance to speak with some of the firefighters. The death of these two men brings home to all of us how courageous those who work in the fire department are, they who are always willing to put their lives at risk to keep us safe. This is such a human tragedy -- these men were so young, one of them with small children-- and the whole community is moved at what has happened. In moments like this, we tend to come together as community and have a sense of our solidarity with each other. I know that will be a source of strength to the families of these two courageous men as well as their companions in the fire department. We hold them up in prayer and we urge all of the members of the community to keep them in prayer especially in these days as they prepare for the funerals next week.

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  • Seder recalls universal immigrant experience

    BOSTON -- With the Passover Seder, the Jewish people commemorate their journey to freedom in a new homeland, a story many immigrant families in Boston know well. At the Anti-Defamation League New England Region's 7th annual Nation of Immigrants Community Seder at UMass Boston, March 21, a diverse gathering of Boston locals shared not just in the meal but the story that traditionally accompanies the Passover tradition.

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  • Xaverian launches $20 million campaign

    WESTWOOD -- Xaverian Brothers High School, which is celebrating its 50th year in providing all-boys Catholic education to more than 70 communities in Massachusetts, has launched "Called to Lead," a new $20 million capital campaign.

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  • Mass. bishops support raising minimum wage

    BOSTON -- While lawmakers on Beacon Hill debated raising the Commonwealth's minimum wage last week, the bishops of Massachusetts expressed their support for just compensation for workers. The Massachusetts Catholic Conference issued a statement signed by the four diocesan bishops of the state, Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley, Bishop of Fall River George W. Coleman, Bishop of Worcester Robert J. McManus, and Bishop of Springfield Timothy A. McDonnell.

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  • From Cardinal SeŠn's blog

    Several times a year I like to meet with the priests who have been ordained in the last 10 years for a Holy Hour followed by a meal and conversation about priestly spirituality, ministry and the situation of the Church. So, last Thursday (3/13), I gathered with them here at the Pastoral Center. This time, the topic of our conversation was the Holy Father's apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium." We had a very lively conversation in which the priests shared their own personal reactions and those of their parishioners. These gatherings are always a great opportunity for me, as the bishop, to be with these young priests, share with them and listen to their concerns and aspirations. I know they always enjoy each other's company and look forward to being a part of these events. Just as I meet frequently with the young priests, I also try to meet periodically with our seminarians. Friday (3/14), I gathered at the cathedral with our seminarians who are in their second year of pre-theology as well as our college seminary seniors. We prayed Vespers together, shared a meal and enjoyed a long conversation. I always appreciate these opportunities to get to know our seminarians better.

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